Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

Nancy Knows

February 27, 2015

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By Cybele Young

Nancy the elephant can remember all sorts of things, but she knows she’s forgetting something important! As she tries to remember, we can see all of the things she’s thinking about filling up her line art. To try and determine what she’s forgotten, she remembers things that she knows. All sorts of paper sculptures fill the elephant as she thinks about things that are similar, like the same shape or color, things that face one way, then another, things in neat rows and things that are a jumbled mess. Nancy helps the reader lean about many opposites in her quest to remember what she’s forgotten. When she finally stops thinking and lets her mind rest, the answer finally comes to her!

Nancy Knows is a precious book with lots of little details to offer. You and your little one will find yourselves examining each picture to see what all you can find in Nancy’s thoughts. Challenge your child to think of other opposites that Nancy has forgotten, like hot and cold, or high and low.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Lost Sloth

February 10, 2015

Lost Sloth

By J. Otto Seibold

Sloth’s phone rings and rings. He races across the room to answer the call, but he’s a sloth, so it takes a while. The phone says he’s won an afternoon shopping spree! Can the sloth get to the store in time to claim his prize?

This book is just too good!  The fun story and colorful pictures will draw readers in, while quirky details in the illustrations make Lost Sloth perfect for repeat readings.  The ending is so clever, and just right for a sloth;  I wish I could be friends with this sloth!  Don’t dismiss this book as just a part of the current pop-culture sloth craze; Lost Sloth’s quirky originality put it in a class of its own!  Recommended for ages 3-6.


Reviewed by: Alyssa (Davis Library)

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Doug Unplugs on the Farm

February 6, 2015

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By: Dan Yaccarino

Doug, an adorable golden robot who wants to learn about his world, returns in his second book Doug Unplugs on the Farm. As a city robot, Doug doesn’t know much about what happens on a farm. He has downloaded information about cows and plows and pigs, but he prefers to learn by doing. While he knows milk comes from cows, he learns that a cow’s tongue feels rough. As he helps out a local farm girl, he finds all sorts of new information, like the fact that hay is prickly and fresh apples straight from the tree are delicious (and that the horse thinks the apples AND the hay are delicious!)

This sweet, simple book shows how learning things first-hand can mean so much more to a child than ‘downloading’ things from the internet. There’s so many senses for us to use while we take in new experiences. Use this book to talk with your little one about how taste, smell, sound, and touch can change the way we look at the world!

If you like Doug Unplugs on the Farm, make sure to check out his first book:

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Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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The Goodnight Book by Lori Joy Smith

February 4, 2015

The Goodnight Book by Lori Joy Smith

As young children develop their sense of humor, a quirky little book like this one just might hit the spot.

The first few pages display children and how they say good night in English, French, and Spanish.  Then the story moves on to other far off places, where they say things like “kissy, kissy,” or “gloobit.”  This type of word play is new to their ears, and it may cause them to laugh.  Becoming aware of the sound of language is an important part of early literacy, and laughing together makes it even more fun.

Maybe your family has its own special way to say goodnight.  If not, pick up this book at the library and maybe you’ll find a new favorite word.

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Award Time!

February 3, 2015

The Newbery and Caldecott medals were awarded on Monday!

Newbery Winner:  The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the “moving & grooving/popping and rocking” of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 

Caldecott Winner:  The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship.
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

For more information and other great award-winning titles, visit the ALA Book & Media Awards site.

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Betty Goes Bananas

January 29, 2015

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by Steve Antony

Looking for a great book about temper tantrums? This just might be the one!

Betty the gorilla is hungry and wants to eat a banana. But when that banana just won’t open, well, Betty goes a little bit bananas! Luckily Mr. Toucan is there to help.

With bright, colorful pencil illustrations, this is a fun read-aloud about not always getting your way.

Be sure to check out Antony’s other picture book, Please, Mr. Panda, for more hilarious animal fun!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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Edgar’s Second Word

January 28, 2015

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By: Audrey Vernick

Illustrated by: Priscilla Burris

Hazel was soooo excited for her new baby brother. She planned on doing all sorts of fun things with him, especially reading. But when Edgar finally arrived, he wasn’t much different than her stuffed bunny Rodrigo! He didn’t talk, or move around much, so Hazel had to go back to waiting. One day (years later), Edgar finally said his first word! He said it with meaning! With conviction! “NO!” Surely that meant they could start playing all kinds of games? The problem was that Edgar’s first word was his only word. He said no to everything Hazel wanted to do. Still, Hazel was patient. When his second word finally comes, Hazel’s patience pays off.

Edgar’s Second Word is a great read for those who might be expecting a new sibling. It’s a sweet book full of love and well worth a read. The illustrations are simple, but colorful. You can’t help but love Hazel and little Edgar both.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Boom Boom

January 16, 2015

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By Sarvinder Naberhaus

Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

 BOOM BOOM! FLASH! FLASH!  A classroom of multicultural preschool children listen and watch in awe during a spring thunderstorm. One little boy is frightened by the loud noise and holds his hands over his ears but is reassured by a little girl who takes his hand and leads him outside with the rest of the class to explore and splash in puddles after the storm.  We follow the class and the 2 new friends throughout the seasons as they find insects among the summer blossoms, crunch apples and jump in leaves in the fall, and finally catch snowflakes in the winter. Naberhaus employs one or two words in a rhyming pattern as the seasons progress and the children use their senses to interact with their environment.

Chodos-Irvine uses a variety of nontraditional materials and various printmaking techniques to lead viewers through the changing landscapes and the children’s accompanying activities. This is a unique and engaging exploration of the seasons for preschoolers as well as for early readers.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

January 15, 2015

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian & Ann James

This is an eye-catching book!  The title letters are in bright primary colored capitals on a white background, with the exception of the brown, finger-written word, “dirty.”

The text is a storyteller’s dream, with short refrains that rhyme, and repetitive choruses that beg for the listener to act them out.  This may become your child’s pre-bathtime favorite.  And of course, dinosaur lovers will be thrilled with a new book to read.

First published in Australia, I’m very glad that American readers will have a chance to enjoy I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.

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Strongheart

January 13, 2015

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By Emily Arnold McCully

Strongheart is the true story of the world’s first movie star dog. He was a new breed of dog born in Germany during the World Wars, the German Shepard, used to help the police in apprehending criminals. When the war ended, Etzel von Oeringen was sent to America to be sold. Well trained and very determined, Etzel caught the eye of a movie director named Larry Trimble. The problem was, Etzel didn’t know how to be a dog! Before Larry could film Etzel for the movies, he had to teach his dog how to play.

When Etzel finally got in front of the cameras, he was incredible! He could look sad and happy and worried, something no other movie dog had done before. In all his films, Etzel was the hero, so Larry decided to start calling him Strongheart. This is a great book for any child who has an interest in dogs. They’ll learn some fun facts about the early years of the movie, and how a German Shepard became the very first movie star dog.

Recommended for ages 5-9.

Nicki P.

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